Former Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta and Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Brig. Gen Paul Boroh, has alleged his refusal to divert monies meant for the programme into the pockets of some officials of the Buhari administration led to his sack.
However, he said he had no regret working under the Buhari administration as his impact in the Niger Delta has been felt and largely responsible for the relative peace currently being enjoyed in the region.
“When one is heading an intervention programme like the Presidential Amnesty Programme, you meet with the good, bad and ugly.
“Not everyone was happy about my modest achievements in office, a few days before I left office, I was always re-echoing it that the Presidential Amnesty Programme was not a political programme where you share money to people, you know the President’s stance on corruption and this did not go down well with so many people who felt they were entitled to resources meant for the rehabilitation of ex agitators.
“So those protesters you saw were the brainchild of our detractors. I was appointed to deliver and that was what I did during my time as coordinator of PAP, ”Boroh said in an interview with some reporters in Abuja on Sunday.
Buhari had on March 13th replaced Boroh with Prof. Charles Quaker Dokubo, a seasoned researcher with the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs (NIIA)
Late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua had in the year 2009 initiated the Presidential Amnesty Programme to appease militants in the Niger Delta most of whom were at the time destroying oil installations in their domain and by implication seriously depleted the nation’s resources.